Do you ever have a feeling or emotion that you just need to throw onto your canvas or paper, but feel restricted by some self-imposed technical painting process you need to follow?
Up until very recently, I was falling into this trap, and painting was just starting to feel like a chore.
As someone who spent my early art career painting mostly animals and portraits, I got into a rhythm of photo reference reliance and exactitude and I lost any sense that I was communicating any feelings.
I am happy to have completed my latest online art course Painting Boldly with Watercolors: The Glazing Technique.
In this course, I lay out step-by-step how to paint the yellow rose featured on the left by layering multiple thin glazes of color.
This is how I approach most of my watercolor paintings and how I achieve my deep tones and brilliant colors.
(Although I haven't gone over this technique very much in my blog, if you have signed up for my mailing list and received the free Watercolor Poppies tutorial, you will be more familiar with this technique.)